< The Mineralogist
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bijoux-et-mineraux:

Benitoite with Joaquinite and Neptunite - Dallas Gem Mine, California
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Outback Opal Mine, Cairns
The "Museum für Naturkunde" in Berlin has a fantastic collection on display and not just the minerals. It's really a must-see, once you're there. But if you happen to travel via Cologne make sure to pay a visit to the universitiy's mineralogical museums, as well. Because that's where I work. And it's small and awesome. :D

I’m actually heading to Berlin in may so I will definitely check it out!

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Forgot to mention that I’m on vacation (Australia &amp; Europe) until July so don’t expect a lot of posts from me!Mineral Exhibition at Melbourne Museum
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Arsenopyrite (by fluor_doublet)
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Mimetite over Wulfenite (by howie516)
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Botryoidal Fluorite formation (by howie516)
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Quartz Scepters with Chlorite (by howie516)
I am currently a High School student thinking about majoring in Geology and was wondering if working with minerals like these, is a Mineralogist job? I really love crystals and have been collecting rocks/minerals/crystals since I was a wee lad. There is just something so mysterious about that crystalline shine that most minerals produce. Basically, I was wondering if I were to major in Geology, would I be working with minerals similar to these and how much would I be looking at for income?

If you love studying minerals then getting a geology degree and being a mineralogist is definitely a career for you. You can go either into the mining industry (ex. gold, base metals etc.) or work as a curator for a museum. If you prefer to look at beautiful minerals all day then curating is a good path to follow. I don’t know the salary ranges for curating but for those mineralogists who work for mining companies the range could go from $35,000 to $65,000 annually depending on how big and well known the company is (ex. BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto).

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Uruguayan Amethyst (by George deWit Chaney)
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Calcite from Carthage, TN (by Jake Slagle)
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Fluorite from Krupka, Czech republic (by smulaxx)
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Quartz (by yadmiga)
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Nebula Labradorite (by yadmiga)
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Scheelite Fluorescence in Shortwave UV (by Sea Moon)
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